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'Soul Mate' rose Description
'Julia Child ™ (Floribunda, Carruth 2004)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of vossner
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Medium yellow Floribunda.
Registration name: WEKvossutono
Exhibition name: Julia Child ™ (Floribunda, Carruth 2004)
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2003).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2006 as 'Julia Child'.
Introduced in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd in 2009 as 'Soul Mate'.
Introduced in New Zealand by Matthews Nurseries Ltd. in 2012 as 'Absolutely Fabulous'.
Butter-yellow.  Strong, anise, licorice fragrance.  30 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 3.25".  Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped, globular, old-fashioned bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, compact, rounded.  Medium, glossy, medium green, dense foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  

Height: 28" to 33" (70 to 85cm).  Width: 20" to 26" (50 to 65cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10a.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot , very mildew resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Breeder's notes:
very abundant bloom, sweet licorice fragrance, very glossy foliage, old fashioned form, rounded bush
Australia - Patent No: AU5073P  on  13 Aug 2015
Application No: 2009/219  on  1 Sep 2009   VIEW PBR PATENT
Unnamed seedling’ x ‘MACamster’ .... Breeder: Tom Carruth, Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc., Upland, CA, USA....First sold in USA in December 2006 as ‘Julia Child’; First sold in Australia in August 2009 as ‘SoulMate’
New Zealand - Patent No: 30945  on  12 Aug 2013
Application No: ROS973  on  19 May 2011
United States - Patent No: PP 18,473  on  5 Feb 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 1/523,832  on  19 Sep 2006
Inventors: Carruth; Thomas F. (Altadena, CA)
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Floribunda Rose. It has an undisseminated seedling of my creation as its seed parent with the following genetic origin {(Voodoo.times.Rosa soulieana derivative).times.Summerwine}, and as its pollen parent the variety known as `MACamster` (not patented)..... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of August.
Renamed 'Absolutely Fabulous’ in the UK